JSaRC Update – 19 December 2019

Published on 19 December 2019

JSaRC Update – December 2019

Welcome to the latest JSaRC Update, the last of 2019.

Another busy year at JSaRC, a message from Head of JSaRC, Angela Essel

Since taking on the role of Head of JSaRC in the summer, my diary has been incredibly full, and I’ve been getting out and about to meet as many of you as possible. Some of the highlights of the year have come from some of the great projects we’ve delivered. These include:

  • The Security and Policing Event in Farnborough. This year was the first year the show was organised and delivered by JSaRC. Highlights from the show included our Immersive Feature which focused on potential solutions for screening and validating visitors to prisons. The impact of this feature helped HMPPS to secure £100m of funding to enhance prison security.
  • Our work with Academia has also gone from strength to strength – a particular highlight has been engaging academics to help government better understand the landscape around drones and counter drones in order to develop the recently released counter drone strategy policy paper (You can download and read the policy paper here.)
  • The JSaRC team has additionally co-ordinated and collaborated on a number of ‘live operational’ trials into shoe scanners and knife detection equipment, both designed to improve safety without being unnecessarily intrusive for the public.

Whilst the security and resilience challenges continue to evolve every day, the work we do is making a valuable contribution to the safety of our citizens. I am increasingly proud of the work my team is doing and we look forward to continuing this work and meeting whatever challenges we face in 2020.

Enjoy the coming festive season and we look forward to working with you in the new year.

Angela Essel, Head of JSaRC

International Security Expo 2019

Thank you to everyone who visited our stand at the recent International Security Expo. The exhibition was once again very busy and provided the JSaRC team with the opportunity to meet with many visitors to the Government Agency Zone.

At times our stand was very busy, so if you didn’t manage to see us, and would like to get in touch, drop us an email to jsarc@homeoffice.gov.uk and we’ll get in touch.

Security and Policing 2020 – opportunities and updates

The planning for Security and Policing 2020 is well underway and we’re excited to share a number of opportunities for members of the security industry to get involved.

JSaRC immersive features at Security and Policing 2020 – apply before 13 January 2020

New for 2020, JSaRC will be co-ordinating two exciting Immersive Features; one showcasing the latest security technology for the travel sector and another focusing on solutions for combatting knife crime. The immersive features provide a popular showcase for the latest in technology and innovations to help keep people safe.

The features will demonstrate new solutions, products and product concepts to show how security could be improved in in new and innovative ways. Details on how your organisation can get involved in these features is available here. Applications need to be submitted before 12:00hrs on 13 January 2020.

Brand new to Security and Policing for 2020, the Fusion Forum is an interactive and accessible ‘theatre’ on the exhibition floor, designed to promote new and integrated ways to delivering security solutions across government, industry and academia. It will include a range of exciting new content to incorporate a blend of keynote addresses, fusion panel sessions and live industry challenges. Further information including details on how to get involved can be found here.

Jon Gray, JSaRC’s Head of the Joint Response Team, supporting the Public Security Exhibition (PSE) at the British Embassy in Warsaw

Jon has just returned from the ADS PSE in Warsaw, Poland where he has been supporting the UK security sector and promoting how the UK meets the security challenges we face. Information on further security events in 2020 can be found here.

The JSaRC Team